Peter Banks has died, he was sixty fives years old. The English guitarist known for being with the progressive rock band Yes passed away at his London home on March 8, 2013, this is according to a post which was on his web-site. Former Yes star Billy Sherwood has confirmed the news via Facebook.com, writing,
”Peter very recently played on the new prog collective 2 project I’m writing/producing, as well as the days between stations record I worked on. As a Yes fan… this is sad news indeed. It was an honor to work with Peter on many productions. He will be missed!!!”
Banks had Co-founded Yes with his former The Syn band-mate Chris Squire in 1968 and had also played on the group’s debut album and the follow-up Time and a Word. He had quit the group in 1970 forming a new band called Flash. he had also performed and recorded with the band’s Zox & the Radar Boys, which featured a young Phil Collins. As a solo artist he had two albums, one is The Two Sides of Peter Banks and Instinct.
He reunited with Yes in 1991 for a concert in Los Angeles and collaborated with his former band-mates on the 1997 album Something’s Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969-1970.
Paying tribute to the late guitarist via Twitter.com, his friend Steve Hackett writes,
“I’m sorry to hear of Peter Banks’ passing… a great pal and a great guitarist.”